Tuesday, 12th February, 2013
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has explained that he enjoys a mutual respect with the number 2 at White Hart Lane, Brad Friedel.
The veteran American was ahead of Lloris in the pecking order during the early part of this season, with the Frenchman restricted to Europa League appearances, while Friedel was an automatic pick in the Premier League.
The situation caused much debate in France, with Lloris having arrived in England from Lyon with a reputation as being Ligue 1’s finest shot-stopper and also the undisputed starter for Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus.
He eventually reversed the situation and is now Spurs’ number 1, with Friedel his understudy.
But Lloris insists there are no problems between himself and Friedel now, just as there were no problems when he was sitting on the bench.
"With regards to that, I took a step back [from the situation]", he told French TV channel RTL.
"I didn’t want to get into a discussion. The situation would resolve itself on the pitch.
"After all, everything has been going well between us since the start.
"There has always been a good workplace atmosphere. There have never been any problems between us.
"Quite the contrary.
"There is a form of mutual respect."
Lloris has so far played 16 times in the Premier League this season for Spurs, helping Andre Villas-Boas’ men to sit in the all-important fourth spot at present.
The 26-year-old is under contract at White Hart Lane until 2016.
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